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Established in 1972 by a coalition of scientist from the Tropical Science Center (TSC) and Quakers from the local community to protect one of the last tracts of pristine Cloud Forest in Central America, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve is a pioneer and progressive conservation and ecotourism model based in biodiversity research and education.

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Mother Nature is the ultimate source of life for all beings on Earth. Unfortunately, our modern society has exceeded its ecological boundaries and dangerous levels of ecological destruction are being reached. We can do better than this and the first step that we can take towards the restoration of our planet is to re-align ourselves with nature’s rhythms.

Our reserve offers a unique opportunity to nurture your connection with the natural world. For nearly 50 years we have been fiercely protecting one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth. As only 1% of all remaining forests on the planet are classified as cloud forests, we would like to invite you to be part of our conservation efforts by coming to our sacred forest or making a donation to support our work.

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Thanks to our commitment towards the environment and the heartfelt guidance received from the local community, we have crafted a conservation model that goes beyond the preservation of the cloud forest ecosystem.

Our model is based on biodiversity research, eco-literacy and community development. This in turn informs our decision-making process and allows us to adapt and evolve progressively.

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“The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve of the Tropical Science Center, as an organization dedicated to providing spaces for environmental education, technical studies, and scientific research, seizes the digital opportunity to share knowledge about its management processes. Explore with us as we unfold the intricacies of our commitment to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world.”

Your participation in our model as a visitor or as a donor (or both) is vital for our organization since our work fully depends on your generous contributions, for which we are extremely grateful!

Come visit us and experience the healing energy of the cloud forests and all its inhabitants, including the people who work tirelessly to protect it for future generations. You will find in our forests peace, joy and re-connection with the fascinating natural world. Make a difference here.

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Our reserve is run by the Tropical Science Center, which is the first Costa Rican non-government environmental organization. Established in 1962, it has pioneered conservation efforts, research, ecotourism, and sustainable development initiatives in Costa Rica. The Monteverde Reserve is part of TSC’s network of private reserves and biological corridors. For more information on TSC’s work contact [email protected]

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Transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for a hike through the high elevation forest with professional naturalist guides! Trek through the misty forests’ dense vegetation and majestic trees. You will see giant prehistoric tree ferns, trees covered with blooming bromeliads, and many of the species of birds that call Monteverde home. Keep an eye […]

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18 Things to KNOW Before Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Posted on Last updated: March 17, 2024

18 Things to KNOW Before Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest

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If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in the middle of a Jurassic Park movie, I think a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest is a must. It’s one of the best things to do in Costa Rica !

This unique ecosystem is one of the top nature reserves in Costa Rica as it’s home to some of the most exotic plants and animals on the planet, including ocelots, jaguars, and pumas – oh my! 

According to the Tropical Science Center (TSC) of Costa Rica, Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to half of the country’s flora and fauna, which is saying something since Costa Rica is famous for its biodiversity. Unsurprisingly, the cloud forest is popular with scientists as well as tourists. 

Now, I’m a firm believer that when you’re exploring any mysterious tropical forest, it’s always good to be prepared. So with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 18 things you need to know before you visit Monteverde Cloud Forest. 

1. About Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 

Bailey walks along a trail in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972, making it one of the oldest private reserves in Costa Rica. A graduate student, George Powell, came up with the idea to create the reserve after he saw how the Monteverde area was being harmed by hunters and squatters. 

It wasn’t super popular at first. In 1975, only 431 people visited the forest, most of whom were biologists. However, a small bed and breakfast opened in the late 70s, and during the 80s, tourism began to boom. Today, there are around 250,000 visitors each year!

Monteverde literally means “green mountain,” and it’s easy to see why it was given this name – the area is blanketed in a lush, verdant forest. 

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is made up of 26,000 acres of cloud forest. At this point, I should probably stop and explain what a cloud forest is. 

A cloud forest is a tropical forest that is constantly shrouded in heavy mist or fog. Basically, it’s so moist inside the forest that it’s covered in clouds.  

Monteverde Cloud Forest is made up of six ecological zones, which each has its own unique microclimate and ecosystem. The reserve is home to more than 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, and over 2,500 species of plants. 

2. Where is Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

A stone walkway throught he forest in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest is located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range , which runs parallel to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica . It’s in the Monteverde region, making it one of the best things to do while visiting Monteverde !

The reserve itself is about 4 hours from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, making it a popular day trip from San Jose or a place for a weekend getaway.

People usually travel to the closest town and visit the forest from there, which is what we did. 

The closest town is often referred to as Monteverde, but it’s actually called Santa Elena – Monteverde is the overall region. From Santa Elena, it’s a short drive (about 15 minutes) or bus ride to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. 

3. How much does it cost to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

View of a small mountain covered in thick cloud forest in Monteverde

Entrance to Monteverde Cloud Forest costs $25 USD for adults and $12 USD for children unless you happen to be a Costa Rican resident. If that’s the case, you’ll only pay $8 USD for entry, regardless of age. 

At the park, you’ll be able to pay in either US dollars or colones. If you’re doing the calculations, $25 USD is roughly 13,278 colones, although of course, exchange rates do fluctuate so double-check this before you go. You’ll also be able to pay with a credit card if you prefer. 

Your entry fee includes a handy map that you can use to explore the forest on your own if you’re not visiting as part of a tour. 

4. Do you need to book your ticket to Monteverde Cloud Forest in advance? 

A dark section of cloud forest in Monteverde

You can book your entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest with or without a guide as part of an organized tour.

However, it’s really not necessary to book in advance if you’d rather explore the park by yourself – turning up on the day is perfectly fine! 

We’ll get more into the best tours available later on in this post. 

5. When is the best time to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

A spider web hangs from a tree in Monteverde Cloud forest

When you’re figuring out the best time to visit Costa Rica , make sure you factor in when the wettest time of the year is around here. As you might expect given its name, Monteverde Cloud Forest has a pretty long rainy season.

The rainy season runs from May until November, so it lasts for seven months out of the year. October tends to be the wettest month, while March is the driest. 

There are some obvious disadvantages to visiting Monteverde during the rainy season, but one of the biggest is that birds often hide away from the rain. If you’re a keen birdwatcher, it’s probably better to hold off until dry season if you can. 

However, visiting during the wet season does mean that Monteverde will be quieter. There will be fewer visitors around, so you’ll feel like you have the cloud forest to yourself. Plus accommodation prices tend to be cheaper. The forest is also super lush and green during the rainy season, so it’s definitely worth considering if you don’t mind getting soaked. 

The dry season runs from December to April. This is Monteverde’s high season, so expect accommodation prices to be higher. However, the weather will probably be lovely and sunny, and the birds will be out and about.  

If you can visit during December, you’ll enjoy dry weather but the cloud forest will still be close to its greenest in the aftermath of all the rain. It’s the best of both worlds! 

6. Monteverde Cloud Forest hours 

A lady walks through Monteverde Cloud Forest 

The cloud forest is open from 7 am to 4 pm all year round. There are no special days or holidays when it closes, so you can visit any day you like. 

7. Is there parking at Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

Vines and Moss hang from a tree in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Yes, the cloud forest has its own parking lot where you can leave your car while you explore if you took a rental car to get here. It’s well-signed, so you won’t struggle to find it. 

Technically, the parking is free but you can’t actually drive into the reserve entrance itself. Instead, you’ll take a shuttle from the parking lot, which costs $5 USD per person. So if you’re driving to the reserve, you’ll have to buy a ticket for the shuttle. 

8. Can you visit Monteverde Cloud Forest without a tour? 

A hummingbird in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

Yes, you can visit Monteverde Cloud Forest without a tour, and plenty of people do. However, we actually recommend booking a tour for your first time. 

Most of the trails are well-marked and although the cloud forest is huge (over 26,000 acres!), many of the best things to do are fairly close together. In fact, only about 3% of the park is open for public exploration. 

However, hiring a guide will ensure this is one of the top tours in Costa Rica for you as you’ll see all the best parts.

A tour guide comes in super handy when it comes to identifying wildlife . Unless you’re already a pro, it can be really hard to spot some of Monteverde’s animals. Not only will they help you to spot rare creatures, but they’ll also explain what exactly it is you’re seeing. We certainly wouldn’t have known half of the flora and fauna we spotted on our tour without the help of our guide! 

A guide will also help you to understand more about the cloud forest and its ecology. Monteverde is home to some really incredible plants and animals, many of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. 

So to sum it up, if you’re one of those super independent travelers who strongly prefers to go it alone then no, taking a tour is not necessary.  

With that being said, it can really help you to get the most out of your visit and spot some amazing wildlife, so we say go for it! 

9. What are the best tours in Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

A frog at the Monteverde Frog Pond

As you might expect, there are tons of different Monteverde Cloud Forest tours available. Whether you want to explore the forest by night or whizz along Costa Rica’s longest zipline, there’s definitely one to suit your interests. 

Night tour 

You’ll see a totally different side to the Monteverde Cloud Forest at night , as many of its coolest creatures are nocturnal. From tarantulas – eek! – to armadillos and two-toed sloths, you’ll see a huge variety of animals that you wouldn’t spot during the daytime on  this two-hour nighttime trek . 

The tour is only $42 USD and includes transportation from your hotel. The tour lasts from 6 to 8 pm and is a great way to see the forest for the first time or as an additional way to explore if you want to visit again. With around 80% of the animals in this forest being nocturnal, you’re guaranteed a whole new adventure when you come after dark.

Guided day tour 

A  private guided tour  of the cloud forest allows you to tailor the entire experience to your own interests. Just tell your guide what you’d most like to see, and they’ll design the perfect itinerary for you!

Just a quick note – the $69 USD price tag doesn’t include the entrance fee to the park and you’ll need to organize your own transportation. However, that’s pretty easy to do – more on that to come! 

Private tour 

If you’re traveling with a group of friends or family, then a  private Monteverde Cloud Forest tour  is a great way to explore the reserve. On this tour, you’ll have a chance to see quetzals, Monteverde’s most iconic bird, as well as howler monkeys, sloths, and more. 

There’s a maximum group size of 8 and the usual price of the tour is $35 USD per person, which doesn’t include transport or entry to the reserve. You will get to use a special ‘spotting scope’ to help you see the birds hiding in the trees. Tours run twice daily at either 7:30 am or 1:30 pm.

Zipline tour 

Take your adventure to the next level and soar through the treetops like a bird on  this zipline tour . Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to a 15-cable zipline course, including one cable which is half a mile (1 km) long. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a giant Tarzan Swing! 

On this tour, you’ll also enjoy a walk through the hanging bridges, which are suspended high above the ground, and get an up-close look at some of Monteverde’s amazing biodiversity. 

At $160 USD this tour is the priciest one on our list, but it does include transport to and from the park, lunch, and your entry fee. If you can fit it into your budget, this is a seriously awesome experience that you’re unlikely to ever forget! 

Related Read: Heading to Jaco? Learn about the best ziplining tours in Jaco before you go!

10. What are the hiking trails in Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

Daniel walks along a red hanging bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

There are nine hiking trails in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, covering a total distance of 8 miles (13 kilometers). A few of the best ones include:

The Sendero Bosque Nuboso (or Cloud Forest Trail) 

This is one of the most popular routes to take. It’s 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) long and takes around 90 minutes. There’s an elevation gain of 65 meters (213 feet), so it’s not too strenuous, even for beginners. It’s also incredibly beautiful and boasts some of the park’s best flora. 

El Camino 

El Camino is a wide and fairly open trail that is great for butterfly spotting and birdwatching. It’s 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) long with slightly less elevation gain than the Sendero Nuboso trail, so again this is a good hike for those who don’t consider themselves to be super fit. 

The Sendero Paseo (or Swamp Trail) 

This mile-long (1.6-kilometer) trail takes you through – you guessed it – a swamp forest. This means that you get to see lots of different plant life, as well as the animals that live in these environments. 

The Sendero El Río (or River Trail) 

This trail leads you along the Quebrada Cuecha stream and you can take a quick detour to a scenic waterfall. Again, this hike takes around an hour and a half to complete, although if you want to visit the waterfall you’ll need to factor in a little extra time. 

The Suspended Bridge 

At 100 meters (300 feet) high, the bright red suspension bridge offers amazing views of the forest canopy and is a great photo opportunity. It’s also a lot of fun to walk across! 

11. How long does it take to explore Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

Dense cloud covers Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

You’ll need at least 3 to 4 hours to explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, but you could easily spend all day there. There are so many different things to see and do, from hiking and birdwatching to ziplining and visiting the butterfly garden.

Unless you’re on a pretty tight schedule, I’d recommend setting aside a whole day for the cloud forest. 

Related Read : After spending a day in the forest, grab a beer from one of the best local breweries in Costa Rica . We loved Monteverde Brewing Co. for their small-batch beer and yummy burgers.

12. What wildlife can you see in Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

quetzal bird in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

What wildlife CAN’T you see in Monteverde Cloud Forest might be a better question. 

With over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds , 120 reptiles and amphibians, and 3,000 types of plants, this is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. 

Some of the most popular creatures to spot include: 

Resplendent quetzal 

This is Monteverde’s most famous bird and you’re almost guaranteed to see one if you go on a guided tour. They’re incredibly beautiful, with bright green plumage and long tail feathers. 

Poison dart frog 

These little frogs are only around 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) long, but they’re very brightly colored, so they’re easy to spot. They’re also one of the most toxic animals on the planet, so don’t get too close! 

Jaguar 

Monteverde is one of the only places in Costa Rica where you have a chance of seeing a jaguar. These massive cats are incredibly rare and elusive, so spotting one is a real treat. 

Ocelot 

Maybe it’s because they look like a cross between a leopard and a domestic cat, but I just find ocelots to be so darn cute. These spotted cats are a lot more common than jaguars, but they’re still pretty rare. They’re most active at night, so take a  night tour  if you’re keen to spot one. 

Hummingbirds 

With 14 different species of hummingbird in Monteverde, these tiny birds are one of the park’s most iconic creatures. They’re incredibly fast and often hard to photograph, but they’re so beautiful that it’s worth trying. Visit the Selvatura Hummingbird Garden to make sure that you get a glimpse! 

Okay, I could go on all day about the Monteverde Cloud Forest wildlife but I think you get the idea – there’s A LOT of it and it’s all pretty incredible. 

13. What should I bring to Monteverde Cloud Forest? 

The pathway through thick jungle in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

My top recommendation is to bring a waterproof backpack to Monteverde Cloud Forest. The forest is incredibly humid and misty at all times of the year, and your stuff will get very damp if you don’t. 

Other than that, just make sure that you bring the usual things that you would take on any hike, like sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera, and some cash.

You’ll be doing lots of walking so make sure that you’re wearing comfortable shoes that have plenty of grip. You’ll also need a rain jacket. Even if the forecast says that it isn’t going to rain, it’s always best to be prepared! Sunglasses are also a good idea. If you’re going to be here all day, prepare for all types of weather!

You may also want to bring some water and snacks if you plan on spending a long time in the park. There is one cafe by the park’s entrance, but you might get peckish while exploring deeper inside the reserve. 

You don’t need an ID to enter the park, but if you’re visiting with kids, it’s a good idea to bring proof of their age so that they can get the discounted entry rate. If you’ve booked a tour in advance, then you should bring a form of ID to show the guides. 

To be honest, I always think it’s smart to bring a form of ID with you when traveling – you never know when you’ll need it. I learned this the hard way! Nowadays, I usually take my driver’s license with me just in case. 

14. Facilities in Monteverde Cloud Forest 

Cloudy and dense jungle in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

There are bathrooms close to the reserve’s entrance, but you won’t find any along the trails.

There’s also a cafe close to the park entrance. Cafe Colibri is pretty much an obligatory stop for all Monteverde visitors. They do great coffee (although the best cup I had around here was on a Monteverde coffee tour !) and fresh, homemade food. Best of all, there are always hundreds of hummingbirds hovering around the feeders, so it’s a great place to relax and watch these beautiful little birds do their thing. 

Related Read : To fuel up before your adventure or grab a meal after, I recommend checking out some of the best restaurants in Monteverde !

15. Is Monteverde Cloud Forest suitable for kids? 

View of Monteverde Cloud forest

Absolutely! Monteverde Cloud Forest makes a great day out for the whole family.

Many of the park’s trails are pretty short and fairly easy, so they’re suitable for visitors of all ages. It’s also not a huge park, so you don’t need to worry about your little ones getting tired and whiny because they’ve been walking for hours on end. 

16. Should I hire a guide to explore the park? 

Tropical cloud forest Monteverde, Costa Rica

As we mentioned earlier, the park is pretty easy to navigate on your own but you should hire a guide if you want to spot wildlife. Monteverde is home to an incredible variety of animals, birds, and plants, many of which are pretty hard to spot. It would be a shame to travel all this way and then miss out because you didn’t know what to look for! 

A guided tour  will also teach you a lot about Monteverde’s history, ecology, and culture. You’ll come away with a much better understanding of this special place and why it’s so important to protect it. 

Meanwhile,  a night tour  is great for spotting the cloud forest’s nocturnal creatures, which include big cats, and several species of monkeys. 

17. How do you get to Monteverde Cloud Forest from town? 

View over the cloud forest in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

It’s pretty easy to get to Monteverde Cloud Forest from Santa Elena. One of the most popular ways to get there is by taxi, which is relatively cheap and takes around 20 minutes. Taxis are easy to find in Santa Elena and your hotel should be able to arrange one for you. 

Taxis in the Monteverde region don’t use a meter, unlike other parts of Costa Rica. Instead, you’ll agree upon a fixed price with the driver before you set off. Many taxis in Santa Elena have a price list displayed inside, but it is possible to negotiate. You shouldn’t end up paying any more than $10 USD each way. 

There’s also a bus from Santa Elena to Monteverde Cloud Forest. It’s slower but also super cheap at $1 USD each way. The bus leaves at the following times throughout the day: 6 am, 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

Finally, there are daily shuttles that leave from the information center in downtown Santa Elena from 6 am until 4 pm every day. It costs around $2 USD each way. 

18. Is Monteverde Cloud Forest worth it? 

Photo of thick forest in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

Yes! It’s one of the most biodiverse reserves on Earth and it offers a totally unique experience.

You can spot so many incredible plants, birds, reptiles, and mammals here, and the whole place has a magical, ethereal atmosphere. It really is like nowhere else on Earth. 

All in all, Monteverde Cloud Forest is a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity – which should be everyone! 

Where to Stay in Monteverde

The hot tub at Chira Glamping in Monteverde, Costa Rica

With exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest now on your agenda, you’ll need a place to stay! Monteverde may be a small tourist town, but there are a surprisingly large number of great hotels in all budget ranges in Monteverde.

Selina Monteverde – $

If you’re a budget traveler or backpacker, there are lots of nice hostels in Monteverde. If you like modern features and outstanding facilities,  Selina Monteverde  is the best option. The hostel is beautiful, has great reviews, and lots of activities including yoga.

The only downside is Selina is a high-end backpacker hostel. Prices begin at $97 USD for a one-night stay. You can book Selina  on Booking.com or here on Hostelworld .

Camino Verde B&B Monteverde – $$

For those well past their backpacking days who can spend a little more, I love  Camino Verde B&B Monteverde Costa Rica . This boutique hotel has beautiful rooms, deck with magnificent views, and includes breakfast. It’s a comfortable hotel that comes at a great price.

Rates begin at $176 USD/night. You can check availability and book a room on Booking.com .

Chira Glamping Monteverde – $$$

If you’re a luxury traveler I highly suggest choosing what we call a “destination hotel”. These hotels are an attraction in themselves because of the unique experience they offer. In Monteverde one of the best is  Chira Glamping Monteverde   which offers luxury camping with the option to have your own private hot tub surrounded by nature.

The view from the property is incredible! Rates begin at $375 USD/night. You can check availability and book a spot on Booking.com .

Other EPIC Activities to do in Monteverde

Ziplining in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Go ziplining  – Ziplining in Costa Rica is such a fun way to see some fantastic scenery (as it flies past you!) and have an adrenaline-filled adventure. Visiting the  100% Aventura Park  is easily one of the most exciting things to do in Monteverde while you’re here. 

Night walk  – One of the best tours in Monteverde happens after dark! Experience the wildlife nightlife with a  Monteverde Rain Forest Night Walk .  Almost 80 percent of the animals in Monteverde are nocturnal, so nighttime is the perfect time to spot them. You could see everything from sloths, porcupines, snakes, lizards, frogs, birds, or one of the many felines that call the rainforest home. 

Selvatura Park  – Selvatura Park is a nature and adventure park located inside 850 acres of protected rainforest. This park has a network of hanging bridges above the tree canopy that give you incredible aerial views of the rainforest. Get the chance to explore all the bridges and the surrounding trail with the  Selvatura Park Hanging Bridge Tour . This gives you two hours to explore and enjoy the forest from unique viewpoints. 

Go bungy jumping  – Bungy jumping is one of the fun Monteverde attractions you have to try … if you’re brave enough!  The Extreme Bungee Jumping in Monteverde Tour  has a daring jump from over 460 feet. That’s the highest in Costa Rica and all of Central America! 

Horseback riding  – This is a great way to give your feet a break and explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest on horseback!  This Monteverde Cloud Forest horseback riding tour  lets you cover a lot of ground as you trek through the farmland and surrounding landscape in Monteverde. Keep an eye out for toucans, parrots, monkeys, and other critters as you experience the rural side of Costa Rica, far from any crowds or traffic. 

Getting Around Costa Rica

Bailey with our rental car near Rio Celeste Costa Rica

How you choose to get around Costa Rica is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your holiday here! How you do it depends on your budget, travel style, and comfort level. 

Renting a Car

Without a doubt, the number one way to explore Costa Rica is in a rental car. We book rental cars on the Discover Cars website as we have had good experiences with them in the past.

One of the things you need to watch for when renting a car in Costa Rica is the mandatory insurance that the government requires you to have. There are a lot of very cheap rentals that don’t include this mandatory insurance (TPL) in the original booking price, but there are also ones that do. To avoid additional surprise charges when you pick up your rental car, be sure to rent a car that includes the mandatory insurance when you book.

Thankfully, on Discover Cars it’s easy to tell apart the companies that include the mandatory insurance and those that don’t. The trick is you can’t pick any car on their website. In the picture below, you can see this rental car, with pick up in Jaco, includes the TPL. That means the mandatory insurance is included in the price. Any cover you get above that is extra.

Of course, I still suggest getting the full coverage offered by Discover Cars, which covers you even more.

You can  browse cars on Discover Cars here .

TPL Cover Costa Rica

Book Shuttles

If renting a car isn’t in your budget, you don’t feel comfortable driving in Costa Rica , or you just don’t like driving, shuttles are the next best option. There are hundreds of shuttle routes available all over the country, and they are very affordable.

Shuttles in Costa Rica are specifically for tourists and often include pick up and drop off at your selected hotels and airports. The drivers also speak some English, and the vehicles have air conditioning. You’ll also be guaranteed a seat when you book a shuttle (which isn’t the case with the public bus system.)

To get the best price, use the website  Bookaway . They compare all the offers and prices of shuttle companies in Costa Rica so you get the best price! Honestly, we have saved so much money using Bookaway! 

You can search for shuttles online on Bookaway here.

Lastly, you can use the public bus system. On short journeys, such as from San Jose to La Fortuna or Uvita to Manuel Antonio, this system is great. However, the longer the journey the more hassle and time spent on a bus. It’s undoubtedly best to save the public bus in Costa Rica for short and straightforward trips!  

The public buses are definitely the cheapest way to get around Costa Rica, but they are not always very reliable and schedules often change without notice and delays are to be expected. The buses can also be very crowded and hot – so just be prepared!

It’s also good to speak some Spanish if you plan on riding the public bus since most drivers and ticket booth operators don’t speak English.

Bailey and Daniel take a selfie on the way to Nauyaca Waterfalls

The Monteverde Cloud Forest is a place that should definitely secure a top spot on your Costa Rican itinerary ! Whether you visit during the day or night (or both!), exploring this magical forest is a truly special experience. Plus now you have all the tips and tricks to get the most out of your visit!

If you liked this guide, make sure to browse around our website to see our other blogs full of travel ideas and inspiration. Costa Rica definitely stole my heart and after living here and visiting here often, I want to make sure you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Explore the Lesser Known Cloud Forest Reserve

How the santa elena cloud forest reserve is formed..

A walk through the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve reveals a lush garden of mosses, ferns, flowers and epiphytes growing thickly on every tree. Clouds drift in and settle among the slopes, providing the plants with the continuous moisture that they require. Dangling roots and vines sweep across the trails, while the sounds of birds and other creatures echo throughout the forest.

A cloud forest is a high-elevation forest characterized by a persistent, canopy-level cloud cover. These clouds provide the forest with a continual supply of moisture, which supports the fantastic array of plants that live here.

Warm winds from the Atlantic Ocean sweep over the Continental Divide, cooling and condensing to form clouds as they rise. By the time they reach Santa Elena, the clouds are thick and filled with moisture. The forest is thus bathed in a constant supply of mist, which, over the course of a year, amounts to nearly twelve feet of rain.

The verdant jungle of Santa Elena — misty and green as far as the eye can see.

Who calls this cloud forest home?

Not surprisingly, the Santa Elena cloud forest is abundant with vegetation. The competition for growing space is so intense that the trunks, branches and even roots of trees are almost entirely covered with other plants – epiphytes, lichens, liverworts, bryophytes, mosses and more. Strong winds and water-laden limbs often cause branches to break and fall to the ground. This not only creates light gaps in the canopy, but also provides the forest floor with added nutrients.

Not to be outdone, the insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds that live here can be found in fantastic numbers as well. Birds include the three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, keel-billed toucan, long-tailed manakin, and resplendent quetzal. White-faced and howler monkeys reside here, as do jaguars, agouti, and the three-toed sloth.

A jaguar stands on a tree branch in the jungle and looks back at the camera

A forest of special meaning.

The community of Santa Elena borders the Monteverde Conservation Area. Within this region, 310 hectares (765 acres) have been permanently leased by the Santa Elena community high school. The original vision was to use this land for agricultural research and education in Monteverde. However, the farming proved to be unsuccessful, and in 1989, the land was converted into a cloud forest reserve. Together with Youth Challenge International, a Canadian based non-profit organization, the community established an ecotourism reserve, which officially opened on March 1, 1992.

The reserve was created out of the community’s desire to both preserve the cloud forest and use tourism as a means to benefit community development. Entrance fees go to protecting and managing the reserve, as well as providing higher quality education for the schools of Monteverde.

The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde is one of the first community administered reserves in the country (in the sense that it is not a national park, but under the protection of the Arenal Conservation Area). It is an excellent example of what people can do to preserve — and learn from — the environment they live in.

The beautiful and hazy Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

More Santa Elena adventures…

Beautiful as they are, cloud forests aren’t the only thing Santa Elena has to offer. The friendly and peaceful town of Santa Elena is extremely pleasant in its own right. In addition to offering you easy access to all kinds of adventures, and in the process, you will be doing a lot of good as you support the local community.

Enjoy fresh produce when you frequent the farmer’s market where family-owned farms sell fruits, vegetables, and coffee that is either organic or uses minimal chemical.

Get one of a kind gifts and contribute to the success of female entrepreneurs when you shop at when you shop at Cooperative de Artesanas de Santa Elena y Monteverde ( CASEM ) — a co-op which provides artisan training and employment opportunities to women.

Hone your foreign language skills when you enjoy an immersive Spanish education at Centor Panamericano de Idiomas ( CPI ). Use your new phrases around the town when you shopping and visiting restaurants.

A woman purchases product from a man at the farmer’s market

How to reach this amazing destination.

Getting There: A shuttle can pick visitors up at their hotel and take them to and from the reserve. The shuttle costs $2 each way and requires reservations. Guests can make reservations by calling 2645-6332. The shuttle leaves at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. It returns at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

  • Hours: The trails are open from 7 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Guided Tours: Three-hour guided tours are available. For pricing and tour times, click the reservation link on the right.
  • There is a restaurant and souvenir shop at the entrance.
  • There are opportunities for both volunteering and researching at the reserve.

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Cloud Forest Morning Tour (Natural History Walk)

Cloud Forest Morning Tour also known as Natural History Walk Rates: $35 SHARED GROUP or $140 PRIVATE 1-4 persons (Extra person $40) Duration: 3 hours. Starting time: 7:30 am PARK ENTRANCE IS NOT INCLUDED Monteverde Reserve $25 / Curicancha Reserve $20

Cloud Forest Tour (AKA Natural History Walk): This is a GROUP TOUR of up to 9 people max and the price is $35 per person, this means you will be on tour with other people. The tour can also be arranged as a private tour for up to 4 persons at a price of $140. extra person for the private is $40 The tour starts at 7:30 am, you will meet our guide at the park entrance of your choice (Santa Elena, Monteverde, or Curicancha) the tour duration is 3 hours approx. As a bonus after the tour, our guide will take you to the hummingbird gallery (no extra cost) and explain a little bit about the hummingbirds and Monteverde wildlife. You already pay the admission fee so after the tour you can go back to the park and walk on your own. The Cloud Forest Tour does not include the park entrance

cloud forest tour guides

Our Natural History Walk can be guided in two different locations 1- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. 2- Curi-Cancha Reserve. Both reserves are excellent locations for this learning tour.

cloud forest tour guides

Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour Details: This private reserve is a true natural paradise, thanks to its geographical location and history, it has created an impressive variety of habitats, being home to two different life zones, called very humid low-montane forest and humid pre-montane forest.

This tour takes approximately 3 hours. You will walk with a professional, naturalist, and bilingual guide. It is an easy walk through the trails of the park, looking for animals, sharing interesting facts about the vegetation and wildlife overall, and also talking about the history of Monteverde. At 10:30 a.m. we will be back at your hotel.

Monteverde Reserve Tour Details: This is the reserve par excellence, what most visitors think is a national park, but it is not. The Reserve, is indeed private property, managed from the beginning by the Tropical Science Center, a non-profit organization that oversees the conservation and study of flora and fauna.

During this easy guided walk, we will visit some of the trails of the reserve in search of its inhabitants, we will share information about all the wildlife, the origin of the reserve, the Quakers, and Monteverde in general. At the end of the walk, we will have a few free minutes to visit a hummingbird’s garden and if you want, you can try the coffee from the area in the Cafeteria Colibri. At 10:30 am we will return to your hotel.

Recommendations: Comfortable clothes, Walking shoes or sneakers, a Camera or smartphone, Bug repellent, a Jacket or rain poncho.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: Tips for Visiting One of the Wonders of Costa Rica

March 1, 2021 By Sammi 35 Comments

Established in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has largely been considered as one of Costa Rica’s most treasured places. This 4,000 hectare (9884 acre) private reserve protects a very delicate and sadly diminishing ecosystem: the tropical cloud forests. The original settlers, a group of Quakers recognized the vulnerability of the cloud forests and set out to protect Monteverde by creating the reserve.

Currently, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is run by a non-profit group and now tourists from all over the world visit this particular part of Costa Rica to learn about the precious cloud forests. Tourists can hike the reserve or take a guided tour to experience the beauty of a forest up in the clouds and appreciate its importance in the world.

Of the three cloud forest reserves, Monteverde is arguably the most popular and is absolutely worth visiting. In this post, we will help you plan your visit.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is about 6 kilometers (3.5 miles) from downtown Santa Elena, a 15 minute drive.

From Santa Elena, go east towards Hotel El Establo and to Cerro Plano. A little past the Establo Hotel, the road will turn into gravel (where the benches are by the side of the road).

From there, continue on this road for a kilometer or so and you will stay on the road to the left (where it then branches off to San Luis to the right).

There is a dedicated parking lot for Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You must park here and you can’t miss it – you’ll see a huge blue sign on your right that says “Official Parking Lot Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve” across from Selina Monteverde to your left.

For those visiting on your own, park there and the reserve reception is in front of the Hotel Selina. If you are visiting with an agency like on a guided tour or guided package, your guide will take you to the other entrance office with your group.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve parking lot

It costs $5 USD roundtrip per person to park and for the shuttle from this official parking lot to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

There is a shuttle bus you can book in advance to go to the reserve.

  • Santa Elena downtown to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: 615 AM, 730 AM, 930 AM, 120 PM and 3 PM. Costs $3 USD one way.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to Santa Elena downtown: 640AM, 830 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM. Costs $3 USD one way.
  • Reserve in advance at Monteverde Info Center.

This is the cheaper option for the public bus.

  • Santa Elena downtown to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve: 6:15 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM (high season), 1:20 PM and 3 PM.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to Santa Elena downtown: 6 AM, 830 AM (high season), 2 PM and 4 PM.
  • Costs 700 Costa Rican colones per way.

Hours and Entrance Fee

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve entrance fee for foreigners is $25 USD per person and $12 USD per child from 6 to 12 years. They take cash (USD and colones) and credit card.

The reserve is open everyday from 7 AM to 4 PM.

You can pick up a map at the entrance office.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve map

When we visited in February 2021, they didn’t give us a map as we did a guided walk. You may need to ask for them.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Trails

We hiked most of the reserve. The route we took as first to Sendero Nubloso to the viewpoint at la Ventana, then back to Camino, Puente to the bridge, Wilford Guindon, Tosi and Cuecha to the waterfall and back to the office. It took us about 3-4 hours total including stopping for photos and we walked roughly 5 kilometers total.

Sendero Nubloso (1125 m)

We took this trail to go to the viewpoint of the Continental divide. The trails are very well maintained and outlined and signage is excellent so it’s easy to find your way around.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - sendero nubloso start

This trail takes you to the viewpoint of the Continental divide where you can see the Pacific and Caribbean. Sendero Nubloso turns into sendero la Ventana which is 305 meters.

The views at Sendero la Ventana are incredible. You can peek over to the side of the trail and look over the entire cloud forest reserve!

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - sendero ventana

This is a view of the Caribbean side overlooking the forests.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - viewpoint Pacific

This is a view towards the Pacific side.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - viewpoint Pacific

You have to walk back to the start of Sendero La Ventana and turn to Sendero Camino unless you want to go back through Sendero Nubloso.

Sendero Camino and Roble

We walked on Sendero Camino for about a 300 meters before turning onto Sendero Roble to go to the bridge. We stayed on Roble for about 100 meters and then turned onto Sendero Puente, crossed the bridge and continued onto Sendero Wilford Guindon.

Along the way, we ran into a couple of coatis!

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - coati

When you turn onto Roble, there are a lot of steps and it gets a bit steep.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - roble

You’ll come upon a short hanging bridge, a nice spot to rest and look around.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - hanging bridges

The bridge is not super long or high up so if you’re scared of heights, it is not too bad. The view is really nice and it can only hold up to 10 people. Don’t run or jump on the bridge.

After the bridge, continue onto the Wilford Guindon trail. We chose this trail since it’s a bit faster going this way to the waterfall.

Sendero Wilford 970 meters, Sendero Tosi 660 meters

The trail from the bridge evens out in elevation and don’t forget to stop at the huge ficus tree! It’s not the one you can climb in (that’s in Santa Elena) but it’s still pretty big.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - sendero guindon

If you go with a guide, they’ll be able to tell you the various plants and flowers in the forest, including these huge trees. They say that on one tree alone you can find nearly a hundred different plants living on it!

Sendero Cuecha and the waterfall

And finally, you reach the waterfall after turning onto Sendero Cuecha for half a kilometer.

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - waterfall

To get back to the parking lot, walk all the way back on Sendero Cuecha (987 meters).

We didn’t see a ton of wildlife since we went by ourselves. We heard a lot of birds, saw a few hummingbirds and ran into a couple coatis.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Vs Non Guided Walk

You can do either a guided or non guided walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. We have done both and I recommend a guided walk for anyone who wants to learn more about the cloud forest.

When it comes to wildlife, the forest is crazy dense so it’s harder to see wildlife here. However, it is worth having a guide to learn about the unique cloud forest ecosystem. If you love trees, orchids, flowers, moss and that kind of nature, definitely book a guided walk. You will not walk all of the reserve on the guided walk, only 1-2 trails.

On a non-guided walk, like what we did, we were able to walk a lot more of the reserve all the way to the viewpoints, waterfalls and other points of interest. We didn’t really learn anything about the cloud forest but it was a very good hike so we recommend a non-guided self walk through Monteverde if you just want to hike.

We made a video of our guided walk through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which you can watch below.

If you love nature and the outdoors, then Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is the perfect place for you. The weather is very comfortable in dry season (December – May) with temperatures in the high 70s F (25 C) and the occasional spring shower. Stroll through the forest and even without a guide, you’ll discover why it’s so special.

Tips for Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

  • There is a cafeteria and bathrooms at the entrance. Nno bathrooms inside the actual reserve on the trails.
  • Bring lots of water. They sell food in the cafeteria and there is also a restaurant near the parking lot that has a hummingbird garden.
  • We wore long light hiking pants, Yeison wore his closed toed hiking shoes, I wore KEEN hiking sandals and we both wore Columbia hiking shirts .
  • Bring a rainjacket, no matter what time of year you visit as this area tends to rain more.
  • Stay on the trail and do not feed the wildlife.
  • Mosquito repellent is not necessary but there are a lot of little gnats.
  • If you plan to visit all 3 cloud reserves, purchase the tickets together to receive a small discount.
  • The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a great place to hike for all visitors, you don’t have to be in super awesome shape to walk. There isn’t a handicap trail however.

Other Cloud Forest Reserves in Monteverde

Since there are 3 cloud forest reserves in Monteverde, you may be confused as to which one to visit. Click here to read our guide comparing Monteverde, Santa Elena and Children’s Eternal Rain Forest or our guide to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (great if you don’t want to be around a lot of people).

Read about other hikes in Costa Rica!

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Children’s Eternal Rain Forest in Monteverde

Manuel Antonio National Park

Corcovado National Park

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Reader Interactions

April 4, 2023

Can the shuttle tickets be reserved online? Tried googling for Monteverde Info Center but the page looks like it’s run by a company and not the local/provincial authorities. Also can’t find a location within Santa Elena downtown that is “Monteverde Info Center” but there’s one INFOCENTER MONTEVERDE quite a distance away southwards.

Your hotel should be able to reserve them for you, on Google Maps, the info center is called Monteverde Chamber of Tourism

April 18, 2023

thanks, Sammy; I’m staying in AirBnBs though so will probably have to go down to the office myself

February 12, 2023

Do you recommend a closed toe sandal such as KEENS, a goretex running trail tennis shoe or a hiking boot style shoe for visiting Monteverde in April? Which would you recommend as a first choice?

Is a sweatshirt/hoodie and a raincoat to wear over a good option for Monteverde?

Thank you!! ☀️

February 18, 2023

Trail running shoes are fine for Monteverde, I would not take a closed toed sandal like KEEN since depending on which reserve you’re going to, it can rain and be a bit chilly. You will need warmer clothes in Monteverde

We will be in Monteverde for 2 days. We want to go to AT LEAST ONE of the cloud forests, we want to walk on the hanging bridges and we definitely want to to the zip lines. Our kids are ages 10 and 13. What do you recommend so that we can do and see the most while visiting for two days?

Which area has the most zip lines/best zip lines?

I would visit Selvatura Park or Sky Adventures Monteverde

Do you recommend a guided day tour or guided night tour? Which is your personal recommendation and favorite? Thanks!

Yes, you can read about it in our post Monteverde night walk

October 7, 2022

Hello and thank you for your informative blog. I know you said that they can take cash at the entrance, but do you know if the entrance requires a reservation? Thanks!

October 8, 2022

No, you can purchase tickets directly at the ticket office the day you visit

Andres says

November 23, 2021

Love your blog and it’s been so useful when planning my trip for early December! So I was thinking of doing the Cloud Forest Bio Reserve in the morning and books the Selvatura Gold pack (zipline and bridge) for 1 pm. Do you recommend it or do you think it’s too much?

November 24, 2021

That is fine, just go early to the reserve so you have plenty of time in the reserve

Nicole and Max says

November 8, 2021

Hi, I see on this info page in the video your guide was from ThreeBrothers Tours. Would you recommend them for a Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour or should we go through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve? Thanks in advance for your opinion.

November 10, 2021

Both are great so whichever works for you, the Three Brothers are our personal favorite guides in the area

Dashing Eric says

November 4, 2021

Hi Is it safe to leave your luggage and belongings in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve parking lot while in the park ?

November 5, 2021

We never really recommend it, but you can park in the official parking lot of Monteverde, take the bus up to the entrance and the official parking lot does have a guard there. Try to make sure that all your belongings are as hidden as possible and don’t leave any valuables in the car while you’re in the park just to be safer.

Laura R says

May 9, 2021

We are planning a trip mid-June 2021. We will have a rental car and plan to drive to the reserve. Any thoughts on availability of guides at the park this June? And are these guides as good as the advertised $65/person tours that can be booked online?

You can book a guide on the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve’s website, I recommend to do this to secure your guide since they have limited availability.

Brian Welte says

April 23, 2020

My Friends at MyTanFeet — in this article you mention “If you plan to visit all 3 cloud reserves, purchase the tickets together to receive a small discount.” Where can I buy the three tickets together, and how much does it save?

Also, if I purchase tickets for all three cloud reserves, is it just the tickets, or can you also include guided tours?

April 24, 2020

They told us that it is when you purchase tickets at the office or the Santa Elena info center, I’m not sure how much the discount is nowadays though. It is only entrance tickets. Guided tours are a different price and no discount for tours.

October 8, 2019

I was wondering if there was parking for your vehicle at these cloud forest reserves? Thanks!

October 9, 2019

Hi Cory, yes there are parking lots.

Hi Karen, Monteverde is pretty rainy during October and November but if you can get there early, that’ll be better. The road to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is not paved and does have some pot holes, but you can definitely go on your own with a 4wd. You can read more about the Monteverde road conditions.

Karen Turner says

Thanks so much for your helpful articles! We are staying in Playa Hermosa this week and want to do a day trip to Monverde cloud forest (planning to leave around 5 AM ). The hiking that you described sounds amazing! We have our own vehicle with 4wd. Our question is, how is the road getting into the park? Since it is rainy season we aren’t sure if it is something we can do on our own, but hope that it is!

Jeremy Ross Mann says

September 17, 2019

Quick question. Would it be possible to uber from a hotel in the town section of Monteverde to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve? If not, are there taxi’s or buses that go to the Monteverde Cloud Forest? I’d appreciate some insight. Thanks!

Hi Jeremy, there aren’t any Ubers in Monteverde but you can find lots of taxis. There is also a public shuttle from Monteverde Info Center to the Monteverde preserve. The hours are 615 AM, 730 AM, 930 AM (high season only), 1:20 PM and 3 PM. The return is at 6 AM, 8:30 AM (high season only), 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM. Just make sure to reconfirm at the center as these were the hours we got when we last visited last year.

Patrianna says

March 10, 2019

We are planning to spend some time hiking around the cloud forest, but it looks like with our other plans we will only have threeish hours before it closes at 4. Do you know if we have to be out by four or if it is just that the office closes at 4.

Hi Patrianna! Generally they stop selling tickets around 3 PM and you need to be in the park before then and they will ask you to leave by 5 PM as it starts getting dark at that time.

January 1, 2018

Hi Andrea! I do remember being able to hire a guide on site when we arrived at the office to pay for our ticket, however if you are visiting during high season like now through April (Particularly March and April), I recommend hiring a guide from a tour company in advance so you are guaranteed a guide. It gets super busy during those months

Andrea says

Hello We would like to do a guided nature wak at the reserve and we are finding it difficult to find how to do this. Do you know if we can hire a guide on site?

Thanks for the great info on your site! Andrea

Kelli Smith says

December 18, 2017

This site is great & full of information! I need some help with transportation. The internet is just about 50/50 on rent a car/don’t rent a car. We are planning to visit multiple locations. If we do not rent a car and take the shared shuttles from San Jose to Arenal to Monteverde to Manuel Antonio back to San Jose, how do we get to the activates in each location? Once we arrive in La Fortuna, how do we get to the volcano area to hike or when we get to Monteverde, how would we get to the reserve? Any insight is very appreciated! I would like to rent a car but I am horribly directionally challenged and my friend is the absolute side seat driver I have ever encountered 🙂 I am afraid we will spend all our time lost or spend just as much money on taxis and shuttles.

Hi Kelli! I totally understand your concern. So if you don’t rent a car, most of the tours include transportation and this is very true for La Fortuna. They will pick you up at your hotel/hostel and drop you off there and pretty much all the tour companies offer transportation. We recommend booking tours this way in La Fortuna since you will also get a guide and whatever meals included whereas if you take taxis everywhere, the price really adds up to pretty much the same and all without the guide and extra food/meals.

In Monteverde, there are buses that go from Santa Elena to the cloud forest every day (the schedule is in the post) so you can do that on your own. Or you can also book tours with a tour company that includes transportation if you want a guide but it’s not necessary to have one for the cloud forest reserve. If you go to the adventure parks like Selvatura or 100% Aventura, they include transportation in their tours as long as it’s from a hotel/hostel. I hope that answers your questions!

Agness of aTukTuk says

April 14, 2017

I would love to visit this wonder. Very educational and helpful tips, Sammi!

April 15, 2017

Thanks Agness!

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Sure, Ecuador has the Amazon rainforest. But have you heard of the cloud forest in Ecuador? In this article, you’ll learn about Ecuador’s cloud forests, what to see, where to find them, and how to prepare for your trip.

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Cloud Forests in Ecuador: 13 Things to Know

1. what is a cloud forest.

If you are going to visit a cloud forest, it would be useful to know what a cloud forest actually is. Another name for a cloud forest is a tropical montane forest .

As opposed to lowland rainforests, cloud forests occur at higher elevations, literally up in the clouds. As such, they are often very foggy, mossy, and abundantly green.

2. Where can you find cloud forests in Ecuador?

Cloud forests in Ecuador can be found all through the Andean mountains. From north of Quito to south of Vilcabamba, near the border with Peru.

The mountain slopes catch the air as it rises off of the Pacific Ocean, resulting in lush and verdant jungles.

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Check out the map below for cloud forest locations throughout Central and South America.

Current Neotropical montane cloud forests and páramo. The mapping algorithm, based on CF min , minimum annual relative humidity (RH min ) and Frost, detected TMCF across the Neotropics, including (A) Mesoamerica and the Caribbean islands, and (B) South America. "Other vegetation" includes other tropical alpine vegetation or non-TMCF forest (see Thresholds for frost). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213155.g005

The map of the montane and subalpine cloud forest zones in Central and South America was produced by Eileen H. Helmer of the U.S. Forest Service. Along with other researchers, she published this research article about neotropical cloud forests, which contains the above map.

As you can see on the map, Ecuador has a wide band of cloud forests running north and south, along the Andes mountains .

3. 12 Cloud Forest Parks and Reserves in Ecuador

Here are the names of some of the cloud forest parks and reserves in Ecuador.

Some of them are National parks, while others are privately owned and operated.

Here’s our guide to Ecuador’s 11 National Parks and 25 Reserves and Refuges

4. Is it easy to drive to a cloud forest? Are the parks accessible?

Given that part of the definition of a cloud forest means that it has to be at least partway up a mountain, it can be a bit of a challenge to get to one.

I’ve included the distance from Quito (as that is likely where you fly in to) as a guide.

Keep in mind that some of these roads are twisty-turny, so you might have to drive slower than you would expect. And the driving in Ecuador might be different than you’re used to.

But how easy it is to get to, really depends on the particular park. Some can be driven to with relative ease. Others are so remote that you have to take a variety of transportation methods.

Your energy level may influence what you are able to do within the park.

Some of them have beautiful lodges (see the links above, especially recommended are Bellavista Lodge, Mashpi Lodge, and Maquipucuna) where you can stay in comfort and watch the birds.

Other activities cater toward robust and adventurous people (see point 11).

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5. Is there a cost of admission?

The best way to experience a cloud forest is with a tour guide. This can be as part of a guided hike, or as part of a multiple-day adventure with overnight accommodations.

How much it costs, really depends on what you want to do, but you should expect to pay a park entrance fee at a minimum.

6. What is the climate like in a cloud forest? What should I wear?

Firstly, be prepared for high humidity, which averages at 95% throughout the year. There is some variation in rainfall as Ecuador has a rainy season (from late October to early June), and a dry season (from late June to early October).

During the rainy season, expect rain every day, especially in the afternoons. In the dry season, there is less rain, but still a fair amount of clouds and fog.

Temperatures vary between 52°F (11°C) overnight and 77°F (25°C) during the day.

So what should you wear? In short, clothes that are moisture-wicking and dry quickly. Heat rash is real and very unpleasant.

Long pants are a good idea, as you never know what you will brush up against. You’ll also want hiking boots with good traction, or even rubber boots. And don’t forget your sunhat .

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7. What else should I bring?

  • Water bottle and snacks, if going on a hike (for yourself, it is very important that you do not feed the animals)
  • Sunscreen (even though it may be foggy, the sun at the equator is very strong )
  • Waterproof bag for your gear
  • Rain coat or poncho

8. What animal species are in the Ecuadorian cloud forests?

This is where a guide comes in handy, and lots of patience, as the animals here are very good at hiding.

If you’re observant and happen to be in the right place at the right time, you may be able to spot a puma, a spectacled bear , an Andean coati (a raccoon-like animal), sloths, howler monkeys, armadillos , anteaters, or a tayra (from the weasel family).

Some reserves organize night tours, which give you a better chance of seeing nocturnal animals in action. I wouldn’t recommend doing this without a qualified tour guide.

There are also lots of amphibian and reptile species to keep an eye out for.

9. What birds should I be on the lookout for?

The Andean slopes in Ecuador are home to an estimated 550 species of birds, including 35 different hummingbirds.

Here are some of the unique birds you can see here:

  • Black-Chinned Mountain-Tanager
  • Golden-Headed Quetzal
  • Plate-Billed Mountain-Toucan
  • Violet-Tailed Sylph
  • Cock-of-the-Rock

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10. What about plant varieties, and orchids?

If you like orchids, you will love the cloud forests of Ecuador as they are home to over 4,500 species of orchids! The humid environment is perfect for them to grow.

The lush forest is also home to lots of air plants, ferns, and mosses.

Other flora includes elephant ear plants, bromeliads, cecropia trees, heliconias, and copal trees.

While you are looking at the flowers, you’ll likely notice the abundance of butterflies, including the blue morpho .

11. Are there adventure sports?

There are lots of things to do if you really want to get your adrenaline going.

There are tour packages that offer transportation from Quito and offer adventures like ziplining, river tubing, horseback riding, and swimming under waterfalls. Look for these tours in the Mindo area.

If you’re looking for something adventurous, but not too wild, Mashpi Lodge offers a gondola tour for up to 4 people.

12. Is there chocolate?

Perhaps the most important question of them all: Is there chocolate? And the answer is Yes!

In the Mindo area, you can go on chocolate and coffee tours and see how these items go from the tree to your tummy.

Learn more about the famous Ecuador chocolate . This is one of the best things to buy in Ecuador , before heading home.

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13. Is there anything of archeological significance in the cloud forest?

For a trip back in time, visit Tulipe Pacchijal Cloud Forest. There you will find ruins created by the Yumbo (pre-Incan) civilization.

They are thought to have lived in the area from 800-1660 AD. The site in Tulipe contains petroglyphs, ceremonial mounds, and swimming pools.

Many travelers will visit both Ecuador’s cloud forests and the Amazon rainforest on the same trip. The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world .

Keep reading: 15 Ecuador Landmarks to Visit

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Learn more about the 12 longest rivers in South America .

Have you ever been to a cloud forest? What aspect of them appeals to you? Is there a reserve that I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Santa Elena Cloud Forest is a lesser known reserve than the 'Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve' but it has essentially the same type of forest.  The Santa Elena Reserve is situated a little more towards the Atlantic and has large areas at high elevations. Both reserves share some common borders.  The  Santa Elena Cloud Forest  is run by the Santa Elena High School.  And what is a Cloud Forest..  read more ?

In 2014 Desafio Monteverde Tours donated 2 hidden cameras to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve  -  CLICK HERE  - to read about monitoring wildlife with cameras.

So what is the difference between the two main Cloud Forests? Many argue that the guides are better at the Monteverde Reserve. The admission is cheaper at the Santa Elena Cloud Forest  (but transport to get there is more expensive, so it works out similar). The trails are a little more 'rustic' than in Monteverde but both parks are beautiful and arguably less crowded in high season. The Santa Elena Reserve is only a 20 minute walk from the Selvatura Canopy Zipline tour so if you want to do a guided walk in the park in the morning and a canopy tour in the afternoon - they are conveniently located near to each other.

Desafio Monteverde offers a guided package that includes an English-speaking, qualified naturalist guide (only the best ones are chosen - tried and tested!), all transport to and from hotel and entrance fees.

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The Santa Elena Reserve has a cafetaria with freshly prepared food at very reasonable prices plus a souvenir shop.

The Santa Elena Reserve also provides one wheelchair accessible trail  -  the trail is about 20 minutes if going slowly and stopping for photos or to read the information posts provided alongside some of the trail.

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    A private guided tour of the cloud forest allows you to tailor the entire experience to your own interests. Just tell your guide what you'd most like to see, and they'll design the perfect itinerary for you! Just a quick note - the $69 USD price tag doesn't include the entrance fee to the park and you'll need to organize your own ...

  13. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Info, maps and links

    Guests can make reservations by calling 2645-6332. The shuttle leaves at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. It returns at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Hours: The trails are open from 7 AM to 4 PM daily. Guided Tours: Three-hour guided tours are available.

  14. Cloud Forest Morning Tour (Natural History Walk)

    Cloud Forest Tour (AKA Natural History Walk): This is a GROUP TOUR of up to 9 people max and the price is $35 per person, this means you will be on tour with other people. ... The tour starts at 7:30 am, you will meet our guide at the park entrance of your choice (Santa Elena, Monteverde, or Curicancha) the tour duration is 3 hours approx. As a ...

  15. Plan Your Trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    Public Bus. This is the cheaper option for the public bus. Santa Elena downtown to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve: 6:15 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM (high season), 1:20 PM and 3 PM. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to Santa Elena downtown: 6 AM, 830 AM (high season), 2 PM and 4 PM. Costs 700 Costa Rican colones per way.

  16. The Top 3 Sites to Go For a Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour

    The top three best sites for a Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour include the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, known by the locals as the "Monteverde Reserve.". And even though that is the most popular site for a Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour, Selvatura Park and Sky Aventures offer fantastic scenarios for this experience.

  17. Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary

    Guided Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary Tours. Join us for an enlightening guided walking tour led by our knowledgeable guides, ensuring an enriched experience. Are you aware that cloud forests represent less than 1% of the world's forested areas? Immerse yourself in the magnificence of this unique Hawaiian tropical montane cloud forest - the only ...

  18. Hawaiian Sanctuary Tours

    The botanical tours at Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary cater to all levels of interest and expertise. Whether you're a seasoned botanist or simply have a curiosity for the natural world, our guides will tailor the experience to fulfill your interests. You'll discover a treasure trove of native Hawaiian plants, endemic species, and a diverse ...

  19. Ecuador's Cloud Forests: 13 Things to Know (Travelers Guide)

    Here are the names of some of the cloud forest parks and reserves in Ecuador. Some of them are National parks, while others are privately owned and operated. Name of Park. Distance from Quito. Park Website. Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. 47.3 miles (76.2 km) bellavistacloudforest.com.

  20. Experiences

    Welcome to our gentle flow Yoga experience at the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary! Join us for an experience, accessible to all, where nature's embrace elevates your practice. Surrounded by vibrant sounds and lush foliage, discover a space to connect mind, body, and spirit through fluid and expansive guided movement. LEARN MORE.

  21. Santa Elena, Costa Rica Cloud Forest

    The Santa Elena Cloud Forest is a lesser known reserve than the 'Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve' but it has essentially the same type of forest. The Santa Elena Reserve is situated a little more towards the Atlantic and has large areas at high elevations. Both reserves share some common borders. The Santa Elena Cloud Forest is run by the Santa ...

  22. Mindo cloud forest tour from Quito-Tripadvisor-Richard Hernandez

    Feb 2024-Private Mindo cloud forest tours& packages. Birding, waterfalls, butterflies, hummingbirds, hiking, orchids, frogs. Chocolate& coffee tour,cable car. Best Mindo tour. Unique birds to be discovered in the wilderness, orchids in their natural stage, frogs day and night, medicinal trees, toucans. A nature wonder near Quito.

  23. Cloud Forest Ecuador Tours Birdwatching Mindo Travel Agency

    Cloud Forest Ecuador Tours Discover Ecuador with local experts! Whatever your style is, join our extraordinary and unforgettable tours tailored just for you. Our magical journeys will take you deep inside of this multicultural and biodiverse country. Book your active package, honeymoon trip, wellness and culinary tour, family and private trip ...